Andrew Bone was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1957. He went on to attend Falcon College in 1970 where his love and respect for Africa and its wildlife ignited. Upon graduating, Bone completed a mandatory assignment in the National Service during the Rhodesian Bush War. He later became a guide for canoe trips down the Zambezi River, and his time in there had a profound effect on Bone and his passion for wildlife which ignites him to begin painting in his spare time. At the encouragement of friends and family, Bone decided to become a professional artist in 1989.
“You must paint what you know. And if you don’t know it, don’t paint it.”
Bone calls himself an “accidental artist.” His inspiration for creating art started while working as a guide in Zimbabwe, and he would photograph and sketch the animals he came across during his adventures. As he amassed a collection of paintings and drawings, friends would sell his works in town, saying he should consider becoming an artist. He decided to try it and never looked back. His art brings awareness to the efforts needed to keep these animals safe, and to introduce these animals to people around the world. He uses it as a fundraising tool as well, having established the Forever Wild Foundation for wildlife preservation.